SAN RAMON, Calif. (KGO) — Look at it from the outside, and Golden Skate in San Ramon looks like it’s seen better days.
But go inside and you’ll find that one of the Bay Area’s last roller rinks is enjoying a renaissance.
“We are really happy,” said Manuel Duarte.
Duarte has been the general manager of Golden Skate for 25 years.
He says the increase in attendance is a recent phenomenon.
“Since 2000, we’ve been going down every year. Before the pandemic, we really thought we were closing because we weren’t really busy at all,” Duarte said.
The rink was to close at the end of July and be transformed into housing.
But after the proposal fell through, news of the rink’s closure spread throughout the community.
There has been such an increase in attendance that the rink is now expected to remain open for the foreseeable future.
It’s thanks to people like William Haynes, who came out skating with family and friends for the first time in decades.
“Let’s say 40, 45 years ago,” he said.
Haynes says establishments like The Golden Skate are more than just a place to have a good time.
They are also places to create memories with loved ones, develop a sense of community, and pass traditions from generation to generation.
“Another place for kids to go and have fun. Somewhere safe, indoors, be together, listen to music. Eat,” Haynes said.
So, for now, The Golden Skate will remain open.
And, if the people here have a say in it, it will stay that way for a long time.
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